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Spring Homemaking Tips
by Monica Resinger
DECORATION FOR SEA-THEMED ROOM...
Fill decorative see-through glass containers (such as a small fish bowl)
about a quarter of the way full with beach sand. Add seashells, feathers,
driftwood, starfish or other beach findings and you have a quick, easy
a sea-themed room.
AN EASY WAY TO CLEAN MINI BLINDS...
I just did this recently and it worked really well. On a sunny day, lay the
blinds in the grass and spray with a hose. Fill a bucket with soapy water and
use this and a soft brush to wash the blinds clean. Rinse and do other side.
Let dry right in the lawn.
LAVENDER TEA BREAD
Take advantage of your blooming lavender and make a tasty quick bread.
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp. dried lavender flowers, finely chopped, or 3 Tbsp. fresh
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
Grease a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Heat milk
with lavender almost to a boil, then let steep until cool. Mix flour, baking
powder and salt together in bowl. Cream butter, gradually add sugar, then eggs,
one at a time, beating until light and fluffy. Add flour mixture alternately
with lavender milk, in 3 different batches. Mix until batter is just blended,
not over-beat. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50 minutes, or until
toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 5 min., then
to a wire rack to cool. When completely cool, ice with a powdered sugar glaze
made with 3 Tbsp. milk and enough powdered sugar to make a thick but still
runny paste if desired. Garnish with sprigs of fresh lavender around cake, or
sprinkle additional finely chopped lavender on glaze before it hardens.
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